Raymond Jungles Founding Principal Raymond Jungles, FASLA, is the founder of the Miami-based landscape architecture firm, Raymond Jungles, Inc. (RJI), recognized for excellence in the design and implementation of public and private sector projects.
Raymond initiated his lifelong passion for landscape architecture soon after graduating with a degree in landscape architecture, with honors, from the University of Florida in 1981. He founded the firm in 1982. The firm was incorporated in 1985. Raymond acknowledges Roberto Burle Marx as his mentor, and credits the time spent in the presence of the ‘master’ as having a defining impact on his life’s trajectory. Raymond leads all of RJI’s projects, from their conceptual onset to their final completion. Under his guidance, the studio has overseen the completion of noteworthy projects such as 1111 Lincoln Road, the Brazilian Garden at Naples Botanical Garden, Soho Beach House and the New World Symphony Rooftop Garden. Raymond was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2006 and he was a speaker at the MoMA’s “Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation” conference in 2011, curated by The Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Raymond’s work has been celebrated with numerous awards including two National awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Sky Garden and Island Modern residential gardens and thirty-eight awards from the Society’s Florida Chapter. Raymond enjoys mentoring his staff of 25+ and promoting the profession of landscape architecture. He has lectured internationally in a diverse array of institutions and universities on the subject of his work and on the work and influences of Roberto Burle Marx. Widely published, his two monographs, Ten Landscapes and The Colors of Nature feature thirty-four of his completed gardens, with a third monograph, The Cultivated Wild, due to be released in fall 2015 by The Monacelli Press.
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